Masses and other religious activities in Catholic churches in the National Capital Region (NCR) are suspended and will be held online instead, following the government’s decision to place the region under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) starting August 6.
In a Facebook post, the dioceses of Pasig, Cubao, Novaliches, Parañaque, and Caloocan and the Archdiocese of Manila announced the suspension of public masses in churches and chapels for almost three weeks, from August 7 until August 20. (Read: A list of PH churches where you can hear Holy Mass during the quarantine)
“Following government regulations released today prohibiting religious gatherings, the Manila Cathedral temporarily suspends public celebration of Masses from July 31 to August 20,” the Manila Cathedral wrote on its Facebook post.
Meanwhile, Quiapo Church, which has the largest on-site worshippers in Metro Manila, also declared that it will be temporarily closed to the public starting August 7 until August 20. Their religious services will be held virtually. (Read: Meet the Men and Women Behind the Lens of Online Masses)
Despite the sudden shift of the NCR to ECQ, there are still ways to keep your faith in God and bring your family closer to Him even online. As much as you want to attend the mass physically, remember that your safety is more important, and everyone must comply with the implemented guidelines. Here are some ways to bring yourself and your family closer to God virtually:
Always stay updated on online mass schedules
To participate in religious services and activities, the first thing you need to know is the schedule of the online masses and other religious activities in your respective churches. Stay updated on the schedules and upcoming events through their official social media accounts, particularly Facebook. (Read: 3 YouTube Channels Where You Can Hear Mass)
Attend the virtual mass regularly
Similar to how you participate in the church, attend the virtual mass regularly. Feel the presence of God and assume that you are physically attending the mass at the church even when you’re staying at home. Avoid any distractions, turn off your cellphones for a while, and focus on the mass or religious activities being conducted.
Gather your family and pray together
Everyone wants their families and loved ones to be safe and healthy as the COVID-19 virus continues to threaten the nation. In tough times like this, ask for protection, guidance, and strength at all times together with your family. If you’re staying with your families or other relatives, encourage them to attend the virtual mass with you or at least give time to pray together as a family. (Read: 5 Prayers to Nurture Faith in the Family)